MITZI HEATH joined the staff of Dance Conservatory (the official school of Lafayette Ballet Theatre) in the fall of 1995 and currently serves as Co-Artistic Director to Lafayette Ballet Theatre. Her previous study includes: The Harkness House (NY), The National Academy of Dance (Champaign, Ill.), American Ballet Theatre (NY), and an extended stay at the Joffrey Ballet (NY). Ms. Heath joined the Joffrey Ballet company as an apprentice member for one year, promoted to Corps de Ballet level the next season and on to Soloist level the following year.
As a teacher, Mitzi has been a faculty member with the Joffrey Ballet School (NY), Colorado Ballet and Ballet Director for the Modern dance company, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble (Denver, CO). Mitzi returned to Colorado to study the Bourniville Ballet (Danish Ballet) and Bolshoi Ballet syllabus, with the Vail International Teacher's Workshop and again to study under the Paris Opera Ballet. Mitzi has also studied with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet's Teacher Courses.
SHANNON HEATH began her ballet studies under Gwynne Ashton's Acadian Ballet Company. The years to follow included the opportunity to train with premiere ballet institutions across the United States. Through entrance examinations, she was accepted to study with, the American Ballet Theatre (NYC), School of American Ballet (official school of the New York City Ballet), Nubert Ballet Institution/ Carnegie Hall, Harkness Ballet School and the Joffrey Ballet on full scholarship. Her studies continued, as well as her opportunities to gain stage and performance experience, with the National Academy of Dance (Champagne, Illinois). Aside from the academy's classical performances, Shannon participated in a full season of Opera productions with the University of Illinois. As a teacher, Ms. Heath has studied with the Paris Opera Ballet School, Danish Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Central Pensylvania Youth Ballet, and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
Shannon Heath is currently Co-Artistic Director of the Lafayette Ballet Theatre and it's official school, Dance Conservatory.